Never has three months gone by so fast.
I finally got to the Great Wall yesterday, lousy weather and the fact that it was a tuesday made for a practically empty wall. As always through my travels, I picked up some friends along the way. Lindsay, an American who had been teaching in South Korea for three years and Lisa, a recently pregnant Australian who wanted to travel before she had her first kid, joined me on my trip.
I woke up at six to catch a 7 o'clock bus to a small town near the section of Wall which I had decided to hike. Badaling is the most popular and highly restored so I steered clear. Instead I chose Mutianyu, a similarly restored stretch that gave its visitors the option of taking a cable car up to the wall and a toboggan down. Not that I took either of these options, instead choosing to walk the 15 minutes up stairs carved into the side of the mountain.
We turned left and started our hike upwards to reach the highest point of restored wall on Mutianyu. The final stretch was punishingly steep.
At the top we were greeted by some red flags and a look at what the wall would be like if it had been built and then simply left alone.
The hike could have been more enjoyable had I not been producing such large amounts of sweat to deal with the heat, but you have to go to the Great Wall, right?
- Percia Verlin